God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Recently I participated in the Women Together webinar, Fearless Leadership, with Nancy Beach, author of Gifted to Lead. Nancy shared so many practical leadership insights that I could not stop making copious notes. One thing I know about myself however, is that while I am a good note taker…my follow through tends to be a little sketchy.
So I asked myself, what one tip could I bring to my leadership role? The answer emerged quickly for me: “Speak Up”. Nancy noted that often women have the tendency in meetings to hold back, afraid to risk sharing their opinion. Men are the opposite, and will confidently blurt out their ideas, even if they are not fully formulated. This places women leaders at a distinct disadvantage. I thought back to the many, many, many times in my early career that I had allowed intimidation or fear to shut me up. During those years, I essentially robbed my clients, colleagues, church or community by withholding my God-given insights and creative thoughts!
Friends, God has not given us the spirit of fear. In these turbulent and challenging times, we as Christ-following women in leadership must share our voice. We must be bold and dare to believe that – as we live our lives connected to God’s Holy Spirit – our opinions and unique perspectives hold weight and have value. We may not always be “right”, but we can light a spark in the flame of greatness within the organizations, roles and ministries that God has given us.
Let’s be faithful stewards of our leadership gifts. Let’s rebuke the spirit of fear that holds us back. By taking the risk to speak up, we can effectively fulfill our God given mandate in this generation. We won’t always get it ‘right’, but we can greatly reduce the silencing power of fear and experience the fullness of God’s amazing plans for our leadership, our legacies and His glory.